2015 Better Government Competition: Reforming the US Criminal Justice System

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Pioneer Institute is pleased to announce that its 2015 Better Government Competition (BGC) will focus on innovative ideas to reform America’s troubled criminal justice system by reexamining policies that have driven mass incarceration at significant human and fiscal costs.

Competitive proposals include, but are not limited to, creative ideas for reducing prison populations and recidivism, improving law enforcement strategy and addressing racial disparities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

The winner will receive a $10,000 prize and four runners-up will each receive a $1,000 prize. At an awards dinner, to be held in June, Pioneer will recognize the winners and celebrate their efforts.

Entry deadline: Monday, April 6th. Visit our Better Government Competition website to download this year’s guidelines and enter online!

The Better Government Competition is an annual citizens’ idea contest. Since 1991, the Competition has sought out and promoted innovative policy approaches and tested solutions. Implementation of the Competition’s winning entries has saved Massachusetts well over half a billion dollars, and influenced numerous state and federal policy decisions.

With this year’s focus on criminal justice, competitive entries will exhibit creative approaches to reducing the state and federal prison population, reducing recidivism, and addressing racial disparities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. We seek ideas that make government more effective and efficient, protect individual liberties and make our communities safer.

Visit the Better Government Competition website for more details and to enter today!